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  • 1st Irish Teachers Mandarin and TCSL Course Graduation at UCD Confucius Institute
    From the content to the use of teaching materials this training course is targeted at local Irish teachers working in mainstream education institutions Under the guidance of the general language teaching concepts and Chinese teaching methods with the use of Kuaile Hanyu as the main text book this training course also incorporated explanations from teachers and lively discussions among students There has been very positive feedback from all involved 17 Irish secondary school teachers from Dublin and further afield took part in this training session Among the schools they represented some have just started to introduce Chinese culture courses into their curriculum some have been teaching Chinese with volunteer teachers from Hanban and some of them are absolute beginners in Chinese With a solid understanding of the mainstream secondary school education system and extensive experience in teaching French German Irish and other second languages these Irish teachers are fascinated by Chinese language and culture The involvement of students and the interaction between students and teachers has created a lively learning atmosphere in class sparked by some professional suggestions put forward by the Irish teachers themselves Dr Wang Liming Director UCD Confucius Institute and Ms Xie Xiaoyu visiting scholar at UCD CII with a number of Irish teachers at their graduation in UCD At the graduation dinner afterwards the teachers praised their Chinese teacher Xiaoyu and the design and implementation of the course The vast majority of the teachers expressed their wishes to continue their language learning at the start of next semester which we will start in September Many of the teachers are also looking forward to the chance to use their new language skills during their trip to China later in the summer also organised by the UCD Confucius Institute Thanks for sharing About The Author Super User Close

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  • Minister launches new course in Chinese Language and Culture for Transition Year developed by the UCD Confucius Institute
    to R Attending teacher in traditional Chinese dress Ms Brigid McManus Chairperson Mr Peng Zengan Division Director of Confucius Headquarters Ruairi Quinn T D Minister for Education and Skills Ms Lan Heping Charges D Affaires for Chinese Embassy in Ireland Mr Wu Xiaochuang 2nd Secretary of Chinese Embassy Dr Wang Liming Director UCD Confucius Institute Dr Anne Looney CEO NCCA Attending Irish student in traditional Chinese dress This unit was developed by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and is designed to introduce students to both traditional and modern aspects of Chinese culture and to support students learning some of the Chinese language integrated into the teaching of each topic The focus is on self directed learning awakening curiosity about the Chinese language and culture In order to broaden accessibility to Chinese to all schools there was a strong emphasis on designing a transition unit that could be taught by Irish teachers supported by relevant and interesting resources that would allow teachers and students to engage in a real way with Chinese language and culture The unit is supported by online materials and a teacher s handbook all available through the Confucius Institute for Ireland UCD Addressing the students teachers and guests from Ireland and China the Minister congratulated all involved particularly the schools that took the lead in this work He said I am particularly pleased to launch a new course that has been developed by schools for schools This sort of school led change that builds on the innovation and creativity in schools where schools find imaginative ways to develop their own curricula in response to student and parent interest and emerging national priorities is something I want to encourage He also took the opportunity to announce that from 2014 a short course in Chinese language and culture would be an option in the new junior cycle programme The Minister said This optional course will build on the experience of the new transition unit and I hope that we can learn from the implementation of these two courses as it is my intention to then move to have Chinese included as a subject in the Leaving Certificate Examination in due course Minister Quinn paid tribute to the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and the Hanban Institute and Chinese government for their support in developing the material He also thanked the Confucius Institute at UCC for its work with schools in Munster The Director of the UCD Institute Dr Wang Liming said I m delighted to see such a great celebration of the Irish schools in showcasing the achievements made in Chinese language and culture studies and also proud that the Teaching Pack for Transition Unit developed by our Institute has been officially launched by the Minister and NCCA at such a significant event Dr Anne Looney CEO of NCCA commented on the enthusiasm of the participating schools for studying Chinese and the high level of interest across the system in the subject Research tells us that motivation is

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  • My Chinese Dream -- The Irish Final of the 11th International Chinese Bridge Competition for College Students
    3rd place prizes The audience were delighted to see that the competition is improving year on year each one more interesting carefully planned out of higher quality and on a larger scale than the last The contestants standard of pronunciation fluency of expression sense of humour creativity and sincerity won bursts of applause from the audience UCD B Comm with International Chinese Studies student May Wong has a real passion for Chinese and claimed third prize in the event with her clear pronunciation and delightful Chinese paintings of Giant Pandas She said It was a great experience I really enjoyed taking part in the competition as I got to meet people with similar interest in Chinese language and culture from all over Ireland and improve my language skills in the process During the talent show section of the competition the contestants performed an array of Chinese themed skills Chinese poem reading Chinese tongue twisters Chinese songs stories of Chinese idioms and beautiful calligraphy among others 2nd year DIT student Chris Walshe movingly recited a Chinese translation of a W B Yeats poem he had learnt by heart DIT student Paul Mc Manus gave a very creative display of the melding of sporting traditions such as hurling and Kung Fu there was some beautiful Chinese singing from Philippa Hood Rory O Neill and Simon Clarke and many more After the final result was revealed the Chinese ambassador s representative Ms Lan Heping came forth to present the first prize to the winner After the presentation she gave a short speech congratulating the contestants on their outstanding achievements and congratulating the organisers on the hugely successful event She said educational and cultural exchanges between our two countries are growing stronger every day She went on to emphasise that events like this are

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  • How good is your Chinese? The HSK test in UCD
    Chinese in Sweden Japan New Zealand Africa Anywhere What level do I need to have to do X job or X course What areas do I need to improve on Such are the questions almost 90 students of Chinese an almost four fold increase from last year from various countries sought to get answers to on Saturday April 14th 2012 in University College Dublin This is the 5th Chinese Proficiency Test HSK held by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland to date The new HSK Chinese Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi is an internationally standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency It assesses non native Chinese speakers abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily academic and professional lives The exams are done in test centres around the world and then they are sent to the international assessment centre in Beijing where the results are processed and certificates are sent back to the examinees Examinees can also access their results online With the increasing exchanges between Ireland and China in various fields such as politics trade culture education etc the numbers of people who are learning Chinese are also increasing rapidly The UCD Confucius Institute manages a variety of Chinese language and culture courses ranging from the degree courses in UCD itself evening classes in 2 different locations and our ever expanding secondary school Chinese classes A total of 86 examinees took the HSK examination from levels one through to five There are 6 levels in total These large numbers and the huge increase from last year clearly show the popularity of Chinese in Ireland today Thanks for sharing About The Author Super User Close Related Articles Volunteer Chinese Teachers from UCD CI Participate in the Collaborative Teaching Experience Seminar for CII UCD Confucius Institute organised its first Chinese

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  • UCD Confucius Institute holds the inaugural ‘Go’ game Confucius Cup
    Merro emerged victorious while Chinese competitor Xie Guochen and Dutch competitor Kim Ouweleen claimed second and third place respectively The director of the UCD Confucius Institute Dr Wang Liming himself a big fan of the game was delighted to present the prizes to the winning contestants As one of the four traditional Chinese arts Go has won the favour of many Westerners There has been a strong momentum of development in the Irish Go Association In recent years Go clubs have been held regularly by the Confucius Institute for Ireland and attracted people from all walks of life including college professors software engineers and college students Apart from Go lovers from Ireland there are quite a few passionate Go players coming from the U S Finland Norway and other countries to participate in the competition and learn from each other The atmosphere of the three day competition has been warm with a strong sense of friendly competition As Dr Wang put it Zither Guzheng chess calligraphy and painting are the four Chinese Ancient Arts with a long standing history Among those Chess refers to Chinese Go Go is a treasure in Chinese traditional culture and reflects Chinese people s pursuit of wisdom Nothing can fully embody the meaning of Chinese characteristics ideology culture and ancient philosophy better than Go The Chinese Go tournament held in Ireland is not simply a competition but also a bridge for an understanding and communication between Chinese and western culture Through this black and white channel built up by small Go pieces westerners will gain a great understanding of Chinese culture Therefore the Go game Confucius Cup should be organised continuously so as to carry forward Chinese culture to the world Thanks for sharing About The Author Super User Close Related Articles Volunteer Chinese Teachers

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  • Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping visits Belvedere College S.J., enjoys special performance of Riverdance
    Institute director Dr Wang Liming explained to Mr Xi how their Confucius Classroom was set up and the importance of Chinese language and culture studies at his school Situated in the heart of Dublin City Belvedere College S J is a school for boys founded in 1832 It continues today a tradition rooted in the Jesuit approach to education The school currently has over 1000 pupils enrolled and has a number of famous alumni in the world of the arts politics sport science business including such figures as James Joyce and former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald In 2008 Belvedere College worked with the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland to set up its Chinese Studies programme and was one of the first schools in Ireland to pilot a Chinese language course in affiliation with the Institute Originally as a supplementary course and later running from 1st year onwards more than 200 students have benefitted from the Chinese studies programme in the college Belvedere College s Confucius Classroom was officially launched on 18th November 2011 The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland has in 2009 and 2011 organised trips to China for the Belvedere students and this year will see another group of 20 students travelling to China During their trips the boys have studied with Chinese students explored the wonders of Hong Kong Beijing and Xi An and have gained a unique firsthand experience of Chinese culture Pic 1 Headmaster of Belvedere College Mr Gerry Foley introducing the Confucius Classroom and the importance of Chinese language and culture studies at his school to Chinese Vice President Mr Xi Jinping and Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny Pic 2 Headmaster of Belvedere College Mr Gerry Foley welcoming Chinese Vice President Mr Xi Jinping Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore Pic 3 The Riverdance performance

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  • Biggest Ever Spring Festival Gala in Ireland Co-hosted by UCD Confucius Institute
    main auditorium From L to R Madam Qiao Li Mr Enda Kenny An Taoiseach Mr Luo Linquan the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland and Dr Liming Wang Director of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland Special guests included the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland Mr Luo Linquan An Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny Mr Ruairi Quinn Minister for Education and Skills and several senior ministers of state ambassadors and leading business figures A very rare Lion and Dragon dance performance welcomed the guests as they entered the wonderfully decorated lobby of the Convention Centre and with the traditional musical accompaniment this made for a rousing start to the evening Dragon dance performance in the lobby The performances included an eclectic mix of opera solo duet and choral pieces dazzling acrobatics graceful dancing and mystifying magic These were performed by top stars from all over China including the Shanghai Peking Opera Theatre Shanghai Song and Dance Troupe Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe Shanghai National Orchestra and introducing Chinese star Dou Dou Huang on his first visit to Ireland to perform this year A highlight for our Institute and the Irish guests were performances from Irish secondary school Loreto Bray s students and UCD BComm with Chinese Studies students singing Chinese songs guaranteeing all ages were enthralled At the event the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland announced three new Confucius Classrooms in Irish schools Clongowes Wood College S J Blackrock College and Loreto College Foxrock These classrooms are dedicated Chinese learning environments and are established in schools nationwide with a particularly strong vision for Chinese language education Students in schools with Confucius Classrooms can study Mandarin and Chinese cultural studies These are in addition to the close to 50 schools nationwide delivering Chinese culture and language in association with the Confucius Institute Dr Wang Liming Director of the

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  • The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland Organises Chinese Culture Classes for Undergraduate Students
    by step and then they started to paint independently allowing their creative side to come into play With the guidance of Mr Zhang those Irish students who had no foundation in Chinese water ink painting succeeded in creating their own water ink paintings in just one class Professor Zhengjuan Liu a martial arts expert with a Level 7 martial arts certificate took another culture class introducing the charm of traditional Chinese martial arts to the students and guiding them into the pleasure of practicing martial arts The students really enjoyed Professor Liu s majestic performance Later the students gathered around Professor Liu in a semicircle listening to the instructions and practicing the movements Picture 2 With the professor s guidance they applied the Yin and Yang theories and their dialectical relationship which they learned from previous culture classes into the process of learning Chinese martial arts therefore they not only experienced this ancient Chinese cultural tradition on their own but also gained a better understanding of the background knowledge At last Professor Liu organized an interesting activity among the students learning the basic martial arts self defense Picture 2 Students practicing Chinese martial arts in their Chinese culture class In order to enable the students to experience the unique charm of Chinese traditional music the UCD Confucius Institute also organized another culture class centred on the Guzheng a traditional Chinese musical instrument and invited Miss Qianqian Cao to deliver a live performance The students were enchanted by the beautiful melody of the Fisherman s Night Song an ancient Chinese musical masterpiece and were amazed by Miss Cao s excellent performance Later Miss Cao invited one of the students to the front of the class and taught him to play the tune Auld Lang Syne on the Guzheng Within 10 minutes

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